Appearances can be deceiving — particularly, it seems, when it comes to Ellen Page's 'romance' with Alexander Skarsgård. The couple have been romantically linked for a year now, and when a cosy picture of the pair made the rounds on social media at the weekend, it seemed to confirm that they are indeed dating.
But according to People, The East co-stars are just friends. A source confirmed to the US publication that Ellen, 26, and Alexander, 36, are not in a relationship. Doubt has also been cast over when the picture was taken.
Regardless, the Canadian actress liked the snap enough to retweet it. The photo in question shows the duo dressed in matching denim ensembles, with Juno star Ellen appearing to lie in Alexander's lap as he wraps his arm around her and kisses her head.
It was taken by The East director Zal Batmanglij — but it remains a mystery whether the picture is a promotional move, a sign of the stars' friendship or confirmation that they are ready to make their relationship public.
They were first linked when they were spotted attending the Stanley Cup final in June 2012 after meeting on the set of The East the previous winter.
In March, the handsome Swedish star was pictured carrying Ellen's luggage through the airport while on the promotional tour, and they have of course hit the red carpet together for their film.
True Blood actor Alexander previously dated Kate Bosworth for two years, until the summer of 2011.